Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

I graduated from the University of Valencia with a B.A. Honours degree in English and German Linguistics. I then completed my Diploma in Language and Communication and my PhD in Discourse Analysis at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University.
Throughout my academic career I have worked on a number of major research projects, including an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on media discourse and memory that used the 2005 London bombings as a case study, and several cross-cultural and cross-gender communication projects (funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation). I am the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society and serve as a member of the editorial boards of Memory Studies (Sage), Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (John Benjamins) and Spanish in Context (John Benjamins)
I welcome enquiries from potential research students in the fields of media discourse analysis (in particular broadcast and online contexts) and (im)politeness.

Publications

  1. & Understanding Grooming Discourse in Computer Mediated Environments. Discourse, Context & Media
  2. & “ cause ur special ”: Understanding trust and complimenting behaviour in online grooming discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 112, 68-82.
  3. & # Living/minimum wage: Influential citizen talk in twitter. Discourse, Context & Media 13(A), 40-50.
  4. Style, sociolinguistic change and political broadcasting: the case of the Spanish news show Salvados. In Mortesen, J.; Coupland, N; Thogersen, J. (Ed.), Style, Media and Change: Sociolinguistics Perspectives on Talking Media. (pp. 27-50). Oxford University Press.
  5. Investigating how vocabulary is assessed in a narrative task through raters' verbal protocols. System 46(1), 1-13.

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Teaching

  • ALE218 Discourse Analysis

    This module introduces students to key approaches and research methodologies in the broad field of discourse analysis, including ethnography of communication, speech act theory, pragmatics, register analysis, genre analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics/conversation analysis. We will discuss these approaches, their strengths and limitations, and critically examine the application of these approaches in empirical research studies. The course features hands-on data analyses, and students will be responsible for carrying out an original discourse analysis based on original data.

  • ALE316 Language in the Media

    This module builds upon work that you have done on discourse analysis during years 1 and , applying it to a range of media texts, including television interviews, documentaries, political debates, social network sites, and participatory news sites. You will use several of the main theoretical frameworks in Discourse Analysis to do so. For example, you will draw upon the micro-analytic methods of Conversation Analysis to examine how political interviews on television and radio phone-in programmes are routinely structured: How are they opened and closed?; How are `neutral¿ questions posited?; and How are answers evaded? Likewise, using Im-Politeness theories, you will examine verbal conflict and aggression in online political deliberation. You will also learn about the similarities in the use of narratives across genres as diverse as documentaries, news and talkshows . The course will improve your data collection and discourse analytic skills. It will also teach you to assess critically the impact of media discourse upon contemporary society (and vice versa) and to evaluate discursive practices whereby identities are legitimised and/or challenged within the media.

Supervision

  • Modelling difficulty and measuring uptake in L2 lexical acquisition. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Blending distributed practice into an actual two year language course (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cornelia Tschichold
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • A Critical Discourse Analysis into Media Representations of Male Schizophrenia (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
  • The discourse of mental health: an analysis of usage and perceptions (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • British Political Party Speeches (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Online grooming from communicative patterns to paedophile profiles (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Cybercrime and fraud in Wales: patterns of victimisation (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • The articulation and presentation of the cyberterrorist threat. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

Administrative Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2003 2006 Lecturer, Linguistics Swansea University
2006 2009 Senior Lecturer, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University
2009 2011 Reader, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University
2011 Present Professor, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • Gender, social inequality and media/political discourse (GENTEXT II). by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (SMSI). Co-investigator 2012 - 2014

  • Online communicative profiling. Bridging the Gaps Programme (Swansea University). 2012 - 2013

    , with Dr Cristina Izura

  • An interdisciplinary analysis of Anglo-American relations. Principal Investigator. 2011 - 2012

    Awarded by RIAH. , with Dr S Marsh (Cardiff University)

  • Discourses of gender (in)equality in Spanish/ British society (GENTEXT I). Co-investigator. 2009 - 2011

    Awarded by SMSI.

  • Mediating and commemorating the 2005 London bombings. Co-investigator. 2008 - 2010

    AHRC.

  • Research Leave. 2006 - 2007

    Awarded by the AHRC.

  • Discourse and politeness across cultures. Co-investigator. 2003 - 2006

    Awarded by SMSI.

Research Groups

  • Language Research Centre

    The Language Research Centre (LRC) is a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. The principal mission of the Language Research Centre is to facilitate high impact, cutting-edge applied research across a range of domains (education, government, health, finance, literature, translations, etc) and perspectives (lexical, morpho-syntactical, discursive, stylistic, computational, historical, etc).